Posted by: reefrescue | October 2, 2013

Lake O discharge killing Lake Worth Lagoon

Largest contiguous bed of Johnson’s seagrass on the planet dead from Lake Okeechobee discharges.

Months of higher-than-normal rainfall have led to extremely high discharges of freshwater, and the associated nutrient and sediment loads into the Lake Worth Lagoon, setting back efforts to improve water quality and enhance aquatic habitat.

Discharges to the Lagoon have increased algae production, blocked sunlight from reaching seagrasses, smothered oysters, promoted the loss of mangroves, and coated the sandy floor of the estuary with muck

At the Snook Islands Natural area, where the largest contiguous bed of Johnson’s seagrass on the planet once thrived, not a blade can be found. Johnsonii was the first marine plant to be listed under the Endangered Species Act and is a source of food for manatees and sea turtles.

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Special Presentation: Freshwater Discharges to the Lake Worth Lagoon

October 29, 2013

10:30 am

Palm BeachCounty
Board of CountyCommissioners Workshop

PBC Governmental Center

6th Floor Commission Chambers

301 N. Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach

For more information contact PBC ERM at (561) 233-2400

See: Lake Worth Lagoon News

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